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Tournament Schedule

All tournaments are online this year.

Tournament 1
Sat., December 19, 2020

Tournament 2
Sat., January 23, 2021

Evanston Girls' Tournament
Sat., February 6, 2021

Tournament 3
Sat., February 27, 2021

Tournament 4
Sat., March 20, 2021

Signing Your Child up for ES Chess Online Tournaments

To participate in our tournaments, parents need to 1) enroll their players in the ESChess team on lichess, and 2) submit the new 2020-2021 ESChess lichess registration form for their players. Participation is open to any child in grades K-8 who either lives in Evanston or attends an Evanston school.


  1. New members
    1. Get a free account at https://lichess.org/signup for your child. Feel free to choose a creative and anonymous username if you like.
    2. Login to lichess using your child’s account, visit https://lichess.org/team/eschess, click JOIN TEAM, solve the puzzle on the second page, and click JOIN TEAM.
  2. All members: Please fill and submit the 2020-2021 ESChess lichess registration form: https://forms.gle/4fmhfRggFZJxRSDM6

If you have more than one child who would like to participate, please repeat steps 1 and 2 for each child. 

Note that steps 1 and 2 need to be completed only once during this academic year. Tournament registrations are separate. We will provide tournament instructions as we get closer to the tournament. 

Read more: Signing Your Child up for ES Chess Online Tournaments

Fair Play for Evanston Scholastic Online Tournaments

Most families first meet Evanston Scholastic Chess through our over-the-board tournaments. Children play in a gym or library, supervised and monitored by parents and high school students, and to a certain extent monitored by each other, too.

When COVID arrived, we had to take Evanston Scholastic Chess online. But those of us who have played online know that people who play online sometimes cheat by using the advice of others, books, and most often, chess software. The major online chess sites – Lichess, Chess.com, and Chesskid – all use some form of cheat detection, and they mark or close accounts of players who cheat. This is explicitly stated by each platform. For example the Lichess.org terms of service can be found here: https://lichess.org/terms-of-service. By signing up for Lichess (or having your parent sign you up), you promise to play fair and not use outside assistance.

Read more: Fair Play for Evanston Scholastic Online Tournaments